tail Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "tail" - English Dictionary

See all translations

tailnoun [C]

uk   us   /teɪl/

tail noun [C] (ANIMAL)

B2 a part of an animal's body, sticking out from the base of the back, or something similar in shape or position: The dog wagged its tail excitedly.
More examples

tail noun [C] (PERSON FOLLOWING)

informal someone who follows another person to discover where that person goes, what they do, etc.

tail noun [C] (COIN SIDE)

tails [U] the side of a coin that does not have a picture of someone's head on it
Compare

tail noun [C] (JACKET)

tails [plural] a tailcoat

tail noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

specialized language a phrase that is placed at the end of what a sentence and refers to something mentioned in the sentence
Compare

tailverb [T]

uk   us   /teɪl/
to follow and watch someone very closely, especially in order to get information secretly: That car has been tailing me for the last ten minutes.
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “tail”
in Arabic ذَيْل, ذَنَب…
in Korean 꼬리…
in Malaysian ekor…
in French queue…
in Turkish kuyruk, uç kısım…
in Italian coda…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動物, 尾巴, 尾狀物…
in Russian хвост, конец…
in Polish ogon…
in Vietnamese đuôi, phần đuôi…
in Spanish cola…
in Portuguese rabo, cauda…
in Thai หาง (สัตว์), ส่วนท้าย (เครื่องบิน, เรือ)…
in German der Schwanz…
in Catalan cua…
in Japanese しっぽ, 尾…
in Indonesian ekor…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动物, 尾巴, 尾状物…
(Definition of tail from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tail?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tail” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
hurdle

a frame or fence for jumping over in a race

Word of the Day

When’s dinner? (Words for different meals)
When’s dinner? (Words for different meals)
by Kate Woodford,
July 22, 2015
Here at ‘About Words’ we’re always happy to get ideas for posts that we could write. A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on the language of meals and we thought this an excellent idea. If you are reading this post and have an idea for a topic or

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More